Ava has been having a lot of language advances in the past few weeks. She’s getting better both at understanding us and using new words in the proper context.
After dinner nearly every night, we head to the park near us. If you say, “Ava, do you want to go to the park?” Ava understand what you’re asking. If she’s barefoot she will grab her shoes for you to put on. If she’s wearing shoes she’ll walk over to the front door and start trying to open it.
We’ve been leaving the park lately when it gets dark. We explain to Ava that it’s getting dark and we point to the sky. Jon says if you can hear the crickets it’s time to go home. I say, when the street lights come on, it’s time to go home. She used to cry when we would leave,
but now she looks at the sky and the street lights, so I think she understands that we’re not arbitrarily taking her away from the park. I’m really looking forward to her understanding more of these explanations.
Speaking of shoes, Ava is still really excited about her shoes. She talks about her “shoos” and her “boots” in the proper context. It’s supposed to rain on Friday and I’m excited to see Ava jump in the puddles with her boots.
“Dada” has morphed into “dah” as if we were raising a girl from Maine. She’ll often chatter and “dah” is mixed in there so she clearly has a strong opinion about her daddy.
Ava is adding to her repertoire of farm animals. The rooster is a “cock-a” and Ava will recognize images of roosters and if you say the word “rooster.” She still knows that the snake says “ssss,” the cow says “mooo,” and her horse says “neigh.”
Ava is trying to get Teddy Roosevelt to kiss the sheep
In addition to obsessing over farm animals, Ava is interested in parts of the body. She will say “eye” and point at your eye. Unfortunately, this is often after she stuck her finger up her nose, so make sure to keep your eye closed if she’s approaching you with that finger!
When Ava is impressed, she says “oooh” and her nanny said when she dropped something the other day, she said “uh-oh.”